University of Twente (UT)

Chemical Engineering, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition Fee
    13226 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
    1906 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
  • English
The M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering at theUniversity of Twente teaches you how to understand, design and build chemical processes and technologies. This Masters course will help you advance your research skills and broaden your knowledge about energy solutions, biomedical systems or nanotechnology. You can select from specialisations like materials engineering and chemical processes engineering.


Chemical Engineering encompasses the fields of chemistry, materials science and process engineering. Chemical engineers are also well versed in areas such as fluid dynamics and thermodynamics.

This MSc programme puts you at the forefront of R&D in innovative chemical processes, novel materials and new products. You will harness the latest technology and techniques to address the challenges that face society. For instance, you can discover whether biomass conversion is able to provide lasting energy solutions, explore the potential of membrane technology to purify water, or use your knowledge of biomolecules to develop new materials or to generate power by osmosis. At the University of Twente you can focus on process engineering or materials science. During the Master’s you will benefit from our close ties with high profile research institutes, including the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology and the MIRA Institute for Biomedical Technology and Technical Medicine. You will fulfil the role of junior researcher from early on in your Master’s, giving presentations, writing articles and getting involved in grant applications. It is a highly international programme. You will write and present in English and have the opportunity to complete an internship abroad. As a chemical engineer, your career prospects are good, especially in process engineering and research.


Accredited by: NVAO in: Netherlands

Programme Structure

Programme internationalization:

  • Studying abroad is optional.

This programme has a workload of 120 ECTS.


Molecules and Materials Engineering:

This track explores functional organic molecules and assemblies, polymers with defined molecular and mesoscopic structures, inorganic materials (membranes, nanocomposites, thin films) and organometallic materials. Research in organic and supramolecular chemistry encompasses molecular nanofabrication and biomolecular nanotechnology. Application areas include biosensing, solar fuels, tissue and virus engineering, functional and switchable nanoarchitectures, and protein cages. Current research themes in inorganic materials include the synthesis of nanocomposites, two-dimensional materials and nanostructured materials (photovoltaics, (photo)catalysis). We also explore nanoporous systems and thin films, heterostructures of nanocrystalline materials for membranes, (micro)electronic and sensing applications. Research in organic materials (polymers) centres onthe controlled fabrication at nanoscale of complex architectures and their use in molecular motors, sensors or, actuators. Other research centres on the potential of biocompatible and biodegradable polymers in tissue engineering and the use of polymeric nanoparticles with customized surfaces for targeted drug or gene delivery.

Chemical and Process Engineering:

In this track you will integrate knowledge of thermodynamics, transport phenomena, catalysis, chemical reactor engineering, separation technology, plant & process design and simulation, control, economics, safety and sustainability. You will explore research themes in the fields of bio-refinery, CO2 removal, waste stream treatment, (new) processes based on sustainable raw materials and process improvement. You will develop catalysts, multiphase and other novel reactors, (reactive) separation processes, and design and simulate processes. Separation technology focuses on (reactive) distillation, membrane separation of gases or fluids and various operations using solid or liquid (affinity) separation for adsorption and extraction. Photocatalysis focuses on converting solar and electrical energy into chemical energy. Catalysis aims at developing new heterogeneous catalysts for specific industrial applications. Sustainable process technology develops new process concepts for bio-refinery applications and sustainable raw materials. Other research themes: interfacial phenomena and processes important for mass and heat transport, sub-micron filtration processes, micro reactors etc.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score (Grade C):


    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Academic degree: BSc or BE first class in chemical engineering/chemical technology.

Professional experience: Professional experience may shorten the individual programme.

Knowledge minimum: CGPA of at least 70% of the maximum score

Personal motivation: Clear motivation of goals

Additional language requirements:

  • IELTS overall band: 6.5
  • TOEFL internet based: 90
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English: C2

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13226 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13226 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    1906 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1906 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.

Living costs for Enschede

650 - 920 EUR/month
Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Scholarships / Grants:

Foundation for Refugee Students:
The Foundation for Refugee Students UAF provides financial and other support to refugees and asylum seekers who plan to study in the Netherlands.

University of Twente:
The University Twente Scholarship (UTS) is a scholarship for excellent students from both EU/EEA as well as non-EU/EEA countries, applying for a graduate programme (MSc) at the University of Twente. The students receive between € 3,000 and € 25,000 for one year.

Holland Scholarship:
The Holland Scholarship is a scholarship for excellent students from non-EU/EEA countries, applying for a Bachelor's or Master's programme at the University of Twente. The scholarship amounts to € 5,000 for the first year of your studies.

ASML Technology Scholarship supports individuals who have completed the Bachelor of Science programme from a University in the Netherlands, and who are further motivated to pursue a 2 years full time Master of Science degree in technical and scientific disciplines at the University of Twente.

Global Education Scholarship Programme (GEP):
The Global Education Scholarship Programme (GEP) is a Russian government funding programme that offers Russian citizens an opportunity to study at the University of Twente.

LPDP (Lembaga Pengelola Dana Pendidikan):
The LPDP (Lembaga Pengelola Dana Pendidikan) scholarship offers talented students from Indonesia the opportunity to obtain a Master's or PhD degree at the University of Twente. The University of Twente is listed as one of the top 200 eligible and preferred LPDP foreign partner institutions.

The scholarship program is designed to award TOEFL test takers for achieving academic excellence, exhibiting leadership skills, performing extracurricular activities and demonstrating English-communication proficiency.

Post-9/11 GI Bill:
The Post-9/11 GI Bill is an education benefit program for individuals who served on active duty after September 10, 2001.

Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship:
The Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship provides Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to the children and surviving spouses of service members who died in the line of duty while on active duty after September 10, 2001.

Dienst Uitvoering Onderwijs (DUO):
Dienst Uitvoering Onderwijs (DUO) is, among other things, responsible for the distribution of Dutch student grants. The IB-groep can provide financial support to international students as well, through grants or loans.

Erasmus+ Master Loans allow students to apply for financial support for their Master's studies abroad. Loans will be offered by participating banks and student loan agencies on favorable conditions to mobile students, including better than market interest rates.

Erasmus+ encourages individual mobility, transnational partnerships and alliances to foster cooperation between organisations and institutions and to stimulate knowledge and innovation in the field of education, training and youth.

Maxican Council for Science and Technology:
The Mexican Council for Science and Technology, CONACyT, supports students from Mexico. It applies to Mexican students who want to enroll for a Master's or PhD programme at the University of Twente.

Kipaji Scholarship Fund:
The Kipaji Scholarship Fund is founded especially for talented students from countries with upcoming economies. Students from these countries could have the potential, but not the means to study at the University of Twente. The scholarship is meant as additional support for UTS scholarship students.

The New Holland Scholarship Australia (NHS Australia) offers credit mobility scholarships to students from Australia who would like to study in the Netherlands for a short period and become part of the long-standing historic ties between the two countries.

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.